Kasia Niewiadoma wins first ever uphill finish of OVO Energy Women's Tour
Jun 14 2019 12:55 am CET

Kasia Niewiadoma wins first ever uphill finish of OVO Energy Women's Tour
Kasia Niewiadoma wins first ever uphill finish of OVO Energy Women's Tour
Photo of Kasia Niewiadoma by Canyon-SRAM

Canyon-SRAM's Kasia Niewiadoma has taken the victory of the fourth stage of the OVO Energy Women's Tour. The Polish rider got the win on the first ever uphill finish of the British race.

The fourth day of competition in the race took the riders between Warwick and Burton Dasserr over a 158.9-kilometre route that included four climbs of the second category, including the uphill finish. Niewiadoma -who already won the race in 2017- outsprinted Liane Lippert (Sunweb), which was her escape company in the last three ascents.

"Once I saw all the stage details I knew this one was for me," said the winner of the stage. "I really like this kind of climb – short, punchy; hills where I can really make an advantage over the others. I knew I needed to be there and have a great position at the bottom of the climb and then see what happens.

"I felt like a piece of crap, I felt so bad because of the rain and cold. But once you attack you go into this weird suffering mode, you forget about everything and you just want to get to the line first. Once I crossed the finish line, I thought about this morning's conversation with my boyfriend (Taylor Phinney) because he woke up and told me I was going to win today. He doesn't say that often. I thought: 'OK, he believes in me."

With her second place, Lippert climbed to the top of the General Classification, with the same time of Niewiadoma. "I was already on the team bus when I heard I was in the leader's jersey and I had to climb off and everyone was cheering for me, it was funny," she explained.

"I went all out and saw Kasia in front of me. I tried to get closer but she was super strong and I'm happy with my second place. I first need to realise what just happened. I'm in the leader's jersey now and it's my first UCI Women's WorldTour podium finish ever. I have a really strong team. Now I'm in the jersey but we'll see. I hope to (win the overall), I will try my best."



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